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Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents

Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents

This series uncovers the secret state that helped keep Queen Elizabeth in power for over 40 years. During a time when Britain was divided, unstable and violent, the world's first secret service was born. Run by William and Robert Cecil, this father and son team had the duty of protecting the Queen and the Country. The series asks leading historians to each study the period from a different key players point of view. They dissect the minds and motivations of key players, to reveal a covert spy network. Revealing Elizabethan England as it really was. It takes us through the biggest events of Elizabeth's reign, the entrapment and execution of Mary Queen of Scots, the capture and escape of catholic fugitive John Gerard and the most infamous terrorist conspiracy in British history, the gunpowder plot.

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WGBY 57/HD
Wed Jun 3rd, 2:00am
Thu Jun 4th, 5:00am
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https://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3007599264/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false England has a new monarch, King James I, and Elizabeth’s former spymaster, Robert Cecil, faces his toughest test. A group of religious extremists’ plan to blow-up the Houses of Parliament with the King inside – what we call the Gunpowder Plot. /episodes/get/59622 /episode/59622 Episode 3 /episode-player/59622

England has a new monarch, King James I, and Elizabeth's former spymaster Robert Cecil faces his toughest test. A group of religious extremists plans to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the king inside--the Gunpowder Plot.

Air date:
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:00
WGBY 57/HD
Wed Jun 3rd, 1:00am
Thu Jun 4th, 4:00am
Sat Jun 6th, 4:00am
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https://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3007598882/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Elizabeth’s enemies grow in strength but Robert Cecil, her spymaster, also fights an enemy within. An ambitious aristocrat is trying to takeover his network. At stake is control over the aging Queen and the power to choose the next King of England. /episodes/get/59497 /episode/59497 Episode 2 /episode-player/59497

Elizabeth's enemies grow in strength, but her spymaster Robert Cecil also fights an enemy within. An ambitious aristocrat is trying to take over his network. At stake is control over the aging queen and the power to choose the next King of England.

Air date:
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:00
WGBY 57/HD
Thu Jun 4th, 3:00am
Fri Jun 5th, 2:00am
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https://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3007598749/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I’s spy master, intercepts a conspiracy to assassinate the Queen. When he discovers that Elizabeth’s own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots is behind the plot, he lays a trap to capture and execute her. /episodes/get/59278 /episode/59278 Episode 1 /episode-player/59278

William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I's spy master, intercepts a conspiracy to assassinate the queen. When he learns that Elizabeth's own cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, is behind the plot, he lays a trap to capture and execute her.

Air date:
Sun, 01/28/2018 - 12:00
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